SWAT officers rescue child from home during standoff

SWAT officers rescue child from home during standoff
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Officers had to rescue a young child who was trapped in the second story of a home during a SWAT standoff in Spokane on Friday morning.

Spokane Police say around 11 a.m., Nathan Berggren, 22, was breaking into cars and slashing tires in the area of 200 E. Wedgewood. A witness caught Berggren on surveillance cameras, and watched him drive to the Lowe’s parking lot, wearing what appeared to be a bulletproof vest.

Berggren soon left that location and drove to the 2600 block of W. Boone, striking some cars on the way. A witness reported his car to police, who arrived shortly after. Berggren then ran inside a home where he apparently knew someone, though Berggren did not live there himself. Police say a woman and children were inside. The woman was able to get herself and all but one child out of the home. A 4-year-old was stuck upstairs.

SWAT officers carefully put up a ladder and were able to quietly open the window to the room and rescue the child safely.

Berggren was not cooperating with officers, so after the child was safely out of the home, they went in through the front door of the house and arrested Berggren.

He’s been booked into Spokane County Jail for burglary.

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